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  • #88750

    News
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    From the bottom of this story: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2011/10/21/grocerys-plan-seen-as-another-step-for-downtown.html

    Developer George Berardi is applying to the Downtown Commission to build a five-story, 120,000-square-foot building at Spring and Neilston streets that would have 102 apartments on the upper floors and four retail spaces at ground level.

    The $11.5 million Discovery District Commons also would include 71 underground parking spaces. The site has a surface parking lot and two smaller buildings.

    #466498

    columbusmike
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    Great news for the Discovery District…..downtown is starting to take shape………….

    #466499

    econJoe
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    “Oh, by the way, a developer is building a 102-unit apartment building.” Seems like it should be more prominent in the article. ;)

    This is very exciting though!

    #466500
    Caleb
    Caleb
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    I wonder if anyone has thought about making a grocer in the RiverSouth District? It could help spur development to. Maybe the “South Market” ? And thats great news about the Hills Market! I hope I get to visit it one time.

    #466501
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    CalebR said:
    I wonder if anyone has thought about making a grocer in the RiverSouth District? It could help spur development to. Maybe the “South Market” ? And thats great news about the Hills Market! I hope I get to visit it one time.

    The Brewery District Kroger is a 10 minute walk from the RiverSouth area.

    The CVS on High is a 5 minute walk, open on weekends and has a fairly extensive grocery section in terms of a convenience store.

    #466502
    Caleb
    Caleb
    Participant

    True, i now see that if you put another grocer it could hurt the two other stores.

    #466503

    cbus11
    Member

    I had heard whisperings that Aldi was scouting out locations in the KLD/Mt Vernon area, but I think the Hill’s announcement may put an end to that.

    #466504
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    cbus11 said:
    I had heard whisperings that Aldi was scouting out locations in the KLD/Mt Vernon area, but I think the Hill’s announcement may put an end to that.

    I hadn’t heard that, but I think Aldi’s and Hill’s will appeal to different customer bases.

    Though I would think Aldi’s would be more competitive with the Circle 77 Food Co-Op that is planned for the area:

    Local Matters and Circle 77 Launching Food Co-Op on Near East Side

    #466505

    heresthecasey
    Participant

    Which corner of Spring and Neilston will this development be on? The dispatch seems to indicate in their graphic the northwest corner, which is all surface parking, and all good.

    But then it says in the article,

    The site has a surface parking lot and two smaller buildings.

    This would seem to indicate possibly the northeast corner, which is significantly less ideal because it would mean demolishing buildings (however small) to build on the land, when plentiful expanses of surface parking lots abound in the nearby area.

    Seems like the Abigail, part II possibly. Demo one building to build another. Net gain, the same amount of building and parking lots as before. That would be a bad trend to continue, IMO.

    #466506

    cbus11
    Member

    @Walker

    I think the swing factor for Aldi will be the students in the Discovery district.

    #466507

    I agree with Walker – there are 2 demographics.

    The good news is that the student “factor” or market is a cross over. They will shop in both a Hills and an Aldis. The Aldis at Huson is packed with OSU students. ALL good for downtown redevelopment (it’s happening). This is also a huge win for KLD and Olde Towne neighborhoods as well – it just keeps getting better

    #466508

    rmandrew
    Participant

    This is great news. I am currently scouting locations for my cafe/coffee house concept in Discovery District also. Any suggestions for commercial property will be gladly appreciated.

    http://www.twitter.com/yardbirdcafe

    #466509
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    cbus11 said:
    I think the swing factor for Aldi will be the students in the Discovery district.

    I imagine a company of their size has done their research, but not all of the students in that area fall under the typical “18-22, dirt poor” demographic. CCAD students might come close, and there are certainly plenty of OSU students that take classes at CSCC, but there’s also a whole lot of older working adults at Franklin and CSCC who I imagine are more drawn to Hill’s than Aldi’s.

    Then again, my main experience with Aldi’s is the store at Hudson which is sort of sub-part in my shopping experience there (rotten produce sitting on the shelves). Something slightly nicer might do a little better across all demographics.

    #466510
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    rmandrew said:
    This is great news. I am currently scouting locations for my cafe/coffee house concept in Discovery District also. Any suggestions for commercial property will be gladly appreciated.

    I’d love to see a coffee shop in this building:

    Live/Work Opportunity Near CSCC/CCAD

    Probably needs a lot of work though and a fairly heavy investment.

    #466511
    Caleb
    Caleb
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    I’ve been at that ALDI, its bad. But the one on the west side is actually nice (i know surprising lol)

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